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Asked by Iva Braun
Real Estate
Law & Legal Issues
Haunted Houses

Are realtors legally required to tell you when a home is haunted?

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Here's CJ
December 18, 2019 2:44AM
Yes, kind of, the realtors legally have to tell you who has died in the house. Its your choice to say its haunted though. I think.
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Duane O'Hara
December 09, 2019 7:55PM

Not typically. The laws vary from state to state, and some do require disclosure of violent deaths on the property, but this isn’t quite what you’re asking. In many states, all you’re legally required to disclose about a house are “material facts,” which are mostly structural issues that can affect the house’s value, like a leaky roof.

However, there are some legal precedents of people successfully making the case that a reputation for ghostly encounters can lower property values—stigmatized properties, like scenes of violent crime, can see a decrease in value by as much as 25 percent.

Many experts recommend disclosing a potential haunting even though it’s not strictly required—it could help avoid a lawsuit later.

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YorkLawFirm
December 30, 2019 7:45AM
I agree with DrMatt
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Bubbles
December 18, 2019 10:57PM
Nobody should be responsible for telling you if your house is "haunted" especially when they get payed to sell houses, not scare people off.
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DrMatt
December 18, 2019 6:00PM
Since there's really no such thing as a haunted house, the question is moot.
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YorkLawFirm
December 18, 2019 5:45AM
yes, I agree with Here's CJ
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Briley Wellington
December 16, 2019 10:14PM
i think yes because they are suposed to tell you about the house
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Vincent Farnsworth
December 16, 2019 9:50PM
i think yes